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Author: Rick Riordan Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Tres Navarre Series Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9781456124342
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Rick Riordan’s first book in the Tres Navarre series, Big Red Tequila hit the mystery market like a Texas tornado. Readers couldn’t get enough of its hero’s offbeat combination of academic degrees, tai chi skills, and nose for danger. When the second adventure, Widower’s Two-Step, was published it quickly earned an Edgar Award. Instead of accepting a teaching position at the university, Tres is finishing up his apprenticeship for a private investigator’s license. He’s doing a poor job of surveillance on the fiddle player in a promising honky-tonk band: she is shot in broad daylight while he watches. Shaken, Tres begins an investigation on his own. It’s not long before he discovers that some people will do anything to capture a lucrative recording contract. With suspense as sizzling as the southwestern sun, and a truly colorful cast of characters, The Widower’s Two-Step is a hit with mystery lovers well beyond the Lone Star state. Narrator Tom Stechschulte’s performance adds just the right spice to Tres’ character.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award
  • A Shamus Award Nominee
  • An Anthony Award nominee

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Migdalia | 1/11/2014

    " Yes, he lives up to the hype. I have to admit that I enjoyed this book more than the first one, and that's a good sign. His first book was very enjoyable. I'm a big fan of Robert B Parker's, and this is up there. Reminds me of Elmore Leonard, too, in the mastery of dialogue and richness in character. I think the characters are more solid in this outing than the first, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/6/2014

    " A pretty quick and easy read once I had a bit of free time to devote to it. I don't think Riordan is a great mystery writer, but his stories are entertaining enough and I love all the references to places in San Antonio. His descriptions of the city are spot on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 1/3/2014

    " The story left me flat and the flow from scene to scene seem choppy instead of tightly written. I didn't care for any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 priddymomma | 12/12/2013

    " I had a bit of trouble getting into this one. After 3/4 of the book, it finally caught me. I don't think I enjoyed the characters or the mystery quite as much as the book before this. I adore Rick Riordan's humor very much in everything he writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/20/2013

    " I read this quite a few years ago and don't remember details, just wrote that it was "a very good Tres Navarre story". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 11/17/2013

    " The book started out really slow, and I almost stopped reading it, but I made myself finish it. It did get a little better at the end, but not a book I would recommend. A very weak who-done-it story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 11/5/2013

    " Rick Riordan is a great writer. I really enjoyed his books for children. His books for adults have sexual content and profanity, which I do not enjoy. I wouldn't recommend Rick Riordan books if you prefer clean literature. If it doesn't bother you, then I think you'll enjoy his books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 10/16/2013

    " even better than big red tequila "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharis | 9/23/2013

    " I pretty much love this series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvette | 9/18/2013

    " I read this book for a new book club I just joined. I found the story intriging with a twist of comedy. If you like light hearted mysteries, then this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 5/5/2013

    " Not bad. Pretty funny writing at times. Good mystery and good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeeAnne | 12/22/2012

    " While I love Tres Navarre and his cat Robert Johnson, this book dragged a bit for me. I guess the country music business of Texas just doesn't interest me that much. Regardless, the writing is good and the snark is snarky so I'll keep reading about the trials and tribulations of Tres. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TexasMargarita | 8/11/2012

    " Good read from the San Antonio middle school teacher "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/7/2012

    " This is Rick Riordan's second detective story, and it's as lively as the first. I like his protagonist and the pace (tho it's probably not realistic, but this is fiction after all). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 heidi. | 3/6/2012

    " Navarre is oddly appealing. Enough that I still will continue in the series. Just remember folks, this is not Percy Jackson. Nor was it written for a YA audience. So don't try to make it fit or you will be disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 2/10/2012

    " This is a fun mystery in the same vein as Elvis Cole or Spenser. Granted, Tres Navarre is not in the same league as Cole or Spenser, and the plot twists are a little too convoluted for my tastes, but all-in-all a fun way to spend a weekend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 9/25/2011

    " Quick light mystery read. Liked the Texas setting and flair. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/29/2011

    " Rick Riordan is a great writer. I really enjoyed his books for children. His books for adults have sexual content and profanity, which I do not enjoy. I wouldn't recommend Rick Riordan books if you prefer clean literature. If it doesn't bother you, then I think you'll enjoy his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvette | 10/21/2010

    " I read this book for a new book club I just joined. I found the story intriging with a twist of comedy. If you like light hearted mysteries, then this is the book for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeeAnne | 7/6/2010

    " While I love Tres Navarre and his cat Robert Johnson, this book dragged a bit for me. I guess the country music business of Texas just doesn't interest me that much. Regardless, the writing is good and the snark is snarky so I'll keep reading about the trials and tribulations of Tres. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva | 3/7/2010

    " Not bad. Pretty funny writing at times. Good mystery and good characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 10/7/2009

    " Audio Book:

    Tom Stechshulte narrator. Not my favorite narrator, but he does a good job.
    The book is interesting and a pleasant way to pass the time, but nothing overly special. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ralph | 9/14/2009

    " The story left me flat and the flow from scene to scene seem choppy instead of tightly written. I didn't care for any of the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/18/2009

    " A pretty quick and easy read once I had a bit of free time to devote to it. I don't think Riordan is a great mystery writer, but his stories are entertaining enough and I love all the references to places in San Antonio. His descriptions of the city are spot on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 5/22/2009

    " Quick light mystery read. Liked the Texas setting and flair. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 10/30/2008

    " The book started out really slow, and I almost stopped reading it, but I made myself finish it. It did get a little better at the end, but not a book I would recommend. A very weak who-done-it story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TexasMargarita | 10/20/2008

    " Good read from the San Antonio middle school teacher "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 5/6/2008

    " This is a fun mystery in the same vein as Elvis Cole or Spenser. Granted, Tres Navarre is not in the same league as Cole or Spenser, and the plot twists are a little too convoluted for my tastes, but all-in-all a fun way to spend a weekend. "

About the Author

Rick Riordan is the New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults, winner of the top three awards in the mystery genre. For fifteen years, he taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas and was honored him with the St. Mary’s School’s first Master Teacher Award.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won many AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate. He was featured on one of the most famous episodes of The Incredible Hulk ever, September 1979’s “Blind Rage.”